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Gold Coast natural environment

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Bushland restoration

Ecological restoration is the process of helping a degraded, damaged or destroyed ecosystem to recover. Population and urban areas expansion puts pressure on our natural areas. It also increases the threat and effects of weed infestation. Our Natural Areas Management Unit (NAMU) restores, rehabilitates and maintains our natural areas through:

  • weed control
  • natural regeneration of locally endemic plant species
  • revegetation of severely impacted sites where natural regeneration is limited
  • strategic maintenance programs
  • education and voluntary programs.

Find information about common environmental weeds of the Gold Coast and control methods.

For videos explaining techniques of bushland restoration, visit our Ecological restoration techniques page.

For assistance on best practice restoration methods download a copy of the South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework.

NAMU prepares restoration plans for our parks and reserves to:

  • help guide on-ground works
  • ensure 'best practice' restoration techniques
  • ensure all groups, volunteers, workers/contractors are working together to achieve site goals.

You can help by joining a Beaches to Bushland volunteer restoration community group. Visit our Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration Program page to find out how.

Example of riparian revegetation

View the progressive images below of Damian Leeding Memorial Park, managed by NAMU. No vegetation lined the Coomera River in 2010. The image as of June 2013 shows the success of the planting of 9000 native plants on site. They have helped with bank stability and providing habitat for native fauna. The area is under ongoing maintenance.

Example of riparian revegetation

Restoration sites

Restoration works are occurring across the Gold Coast in various locations. These include our large conservation areas, wetlands and our urban bushland areas. Below are some key sites that are currently under restoration:

Currumbin Creek Reach

Currumbin Creek Reach in 2007 and 2015. After extensive planting and ongoing environmental weed control.

Numinbah Conservation Area

Numinbah Conservation Area in 2008 and 2015. After assisted restoration works the bush is regenerating itself.

Swift Park, Nerang

Swift Park, Nerang before in 2009 and 2015. The impacts of the environmental weed Cats Claw Creeper and after treatment.

Community restoration sites

We also undertake restoration works in partnership with volunteers. This is through the City's Beaches to Bushland volunteer restoration program. Find out more about the locations.

These sites include the following locations:

Image of assisted restoration in Numinbah

Example of assisted restoration

Numinbah Conservation Area, managed by the Natural Areas Management Unit. A progressive sequence demonstrating the area impacted by Lantana. The last image taken June 2012 shows the results after ongoing restoration work. The area is free of weeds and native canopy is establishing. The area will remain under ongoing maintenance.

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